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Bournemouth Alpine Christmas Market

20th November-4th January 2018

Venue: Bournemouth Square

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 1DX

Website: www.bournemouth.co.uk

A brand new Alpine Market. Includes a traditional family Christmas attraction, with entertainment and Christmas activities in the Lower Gardens.

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Santa’s Christmas Grotto

24th November-24th December 2017

Venue: Upton Country Park

Address: Poole, BH17 7BJ

Website: www.uptoncountrypark.com

The festive woodland grotto is back for 2017 with a new and improved look. Featuring real wood cabins, interactive activities for the children, a quality wrapped gift and photograph opportunities. Booking...

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Christchurch Christmas Festival

25th-25th November 2017

Time: From 10am

Venue: High Street and Saxon Square

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1QA

Website: www.saxon-square.co.uk

A celebration of Christmas and all things festive. The day includes a Christmas market, live music and entertainment, an arts and craft market and the Christmas Lights Switch on. Plus, keep an eye out...

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Christmas Lights Switch on in Southbourne

25th-25th November 2017

Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Southbourne Green

Address: Bournemouth, BH6

Website: www.bournemouth.co.uk

Wrap up warm and enjoy the festivities including traditional carols and music. Then, see the Green illuminated with Christmas Lights. Plus, post your wish letters in one of Santa’s famous post boxes.

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Saturday Nature Crafts

25th-25th November 2017

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Seaton Jurassic

Address: Seaton, EX12 2WD

Website: www.seatonjurassic.org

Every Saturday morning. Get creative at one of these drop-in nature inspired craft sessions every Saturday morning. Cost: £2 per child. Ring 01297 300390.

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Traditional Festive Market

25th November-1st January 2018

Venue: Boscombe Market

Address: Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4SX

Visit the traditional market in Boscombe every Thursday and Sunday until 1st January. Call 01202 291200.

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Chesil Christmas Fayre

26th-26th November 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

With local art and craft stalls, wildlife books for all ages and nature toys. Children will be entertained by Father Christmas or will be able to make wild Christmas decorations. Call 01305 206191 for...

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Father Christmas Experience

26th November-23rd December 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Visit the jolly Father Christmas with his faithful reindeer, Rudolph, and helpful elves, direct from the North Pole. They will be waiting in the log cabin, ready to give the children a fantastic present....

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Step into Christmas

26th November-23rd December 2017

Time: 10am to 6pm

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Also 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 to 23 December. Includes unlimited play all day in Wild Thing, tickets to the Pantomime, Nativity Cuddles Corner and a Christmas Colouring Challenge. Plus, also visit Father Christmas....

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Stir Up Sunday

26th-26th November 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Enjoy making a Christmas pudding. Discover the ingredients and traditions behind the pudding and take a turn to stir the pudding mix and make a wish, before taking home a mini Christmas Pudding. For details...

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The Santa Show

26th-26th November 2017

Time: 4pm to 4.40pm

Venue: The Regent Centre

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1AS

Website: www.regentcentre.co.uk

A festive musical show followed by an opportunity to see Santa at his home in the North Pole! Every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas in the popular meet, greet and treat. Booking...

Theatre & Cinema

Wish Upon a Star

26th-26th November 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk

Over two hundred and fifty local children from eight affiliated dance schools will be performing an exciting mix of dance genres including tap, ballet and contemporary. Each scene will be enhanced by wonderful...

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A Victorian Christmas

1st-24th December 2017

Venue: Poole Road

Address: Westbourne, BH4 9DZ

With guaranteed snow on the first night! Featuring candle lit carol service, Victorian Christmas entertainment and Christmas themed walks, Plus, enter the ‘Take an Elfie’ competition. For details ring...

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Christmas to New Year

1st December-1st January 2018

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne, BH21 4EA

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Discover the traditional decorations in the house inspired by the Victorian Christmases that would have been celebrated by the Bankes family. Entry to the house is by timed ticket. Advance booking strongly...

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Santa Claus at Kingston Lacy

1st-24th December 2017

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Santa Claus will be making a few stops at Kingston Lacy this year. Make sure to get a spot on his nice list by paying him a festive visit in the laundry. £5 per child, includes a gift from Santa. Normal...

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Weymouth’s Big Christmas Ice Rink

1st December-1st January 2018

Venue: New Bond Street

Address: Weymouth, DT4 8PY

Website: www.weareweymouth.co.uk/Christmas

Enjoy an outdoor skate on the real ice with all the family this December. Skating sessions last 45 minutes and include skate hire. Cost: From £6. Call 01305 779410.

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Boscombe Christmas Parade

2nd-2nd December 2017

Venue: Boscombe High Street

Address: Boscombe, BH1 4SX

Go along to witness the lively Boscombe Christmas Parade this festive season. Plus, enter the ‘Take an Elfie’ competition. Call 01202 291200.

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Father Christmas visits Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

2nd-17th December 2017

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Poole, BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Meet Father Christmas in his wonderful winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn on weekends in December. No need to pre-book, simply purchase your Visit Santa tickets on the day of your visit from...

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Fernhill Christmas Craft Fair

2nd-2nd December 2017

Time: 1pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Fernhill Hotel

Address: Charmouth, Lyme Regis, DT6 6BX

A free festive day for all the family. Featuring live Christmas music, a diverse array of craft stalls, a charity raffle, children’s activities and more. Call 01297 560492.

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Festive Fun at Farmer Palmer’s

2nd-17th December 2017

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Also 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December. Make magical memories this festive season. Enjoy all the usual fun at this popular farm park and meet Father Christmas in his wonderful winter cabin. For details call...

Theatre & Cinema

Jack and the Beanstalk

2nd December-1st January 2018

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk

Fee-fi-fo-fum, join in with the panto fun this winter at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. This year’s all-star cast will ensure that Jack and the Beanstalk is a giant hit. S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens...

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Kingcombe Festive Weekend

2nd-3rd December 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: The Kingcombe Centre

Address: Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ

Website: www.kingcombe.org

Enjoy a variety of festive crafts, tasty seasonal food and exciting events.

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Pull a Pine for Christmas

2nd-2nd December 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk

Help Arne with its conservation work to remove small pines that threaten the Heathland. As a thank you, take home your very own, local, sustainable, and free Christmas Tree. Call 01929 553360.

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Santa on The Green

2nd-16th December 2017

Time: 10am to 3.30pm

Venue: Southbourne Green

Address: Southbourne, BH6 3QY

Website: www.bournemouth.co.uk

See Santa on the Green in his special magical grotto, along with donkeys and elves. Plus, there will be live music from local groups and choirs, refreshment stalls, face painting and an annual raffle.

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Santa Specials

2nd-24th December 2017

Venue: Swanage Railway

Address: Station Approach, Swanage, BH19 1HB

Website: www.swangerailway.co.uk

See Santa on this premier heritage steam railway. During the one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Pre-booking advised.

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Santa's Magical Christmas

2nd-23rd December 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Also 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Enjoy all the usual fun at Crealy plus, see the brand new interactive show - ‘Santa’s Magical Christmas’. The show is included in the admission...

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Santa's Magical Christmas

2nd-23rd December 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

See Santa at this very special festive show where every child will receive a free gift from Santa and can have the chance to grab an ‘elfie’!

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See Santa Arrive by Tank

2nd-3rd December 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

See Santa arrive in a tank at 10.30am on both days. Then visit him in his magical grotto. Afterwards enjoy Children’s crafts and activities and vintage market. For more details call 01929 462359.

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Switch-On Saturday

2nd-2nd December 2017

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

A fun-filled and festive day with a lantern making workshop, a lantern parade and a switching on of the Christmas lights.

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Vintage Christmas Festival

2nd-3rd December 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Step back in time and learn what life was like at Christmas in the 1920’s to the Post War era. With a Santa’s grotto, children’s crafts and activities, a vintage market, live music, a vintage vehicle...

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Visit Father Christmas at Sea Life

2nd-23rd December 2017

Venue: Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Address: Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Website: www.sealifeweymouth.com

Meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin and get a special Sea Life gift! Plus, there will be a Christmas Craft Zone where children can create Christmas tree decorations and write a letter...

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Create a Christmas Lantern

3rd-3rd December 2017

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: The Corn Exchange

Address: Dorchester, DT1 1HF

Make a special lantern to carry at this year’s Christmas Cracker event in Dorchester. Cost: £5. For children aged 6-10 years. Call 01305 266926.

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Wyke Square Christmas Fayre

3rd-3rd December 2017

Venue: Wyke Square

Address: Weymouth, DT4 9XP

Website: www.weareweymouth.co.uk

Get into the festive spirit at this traditional Christmas Street fayre.

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Dorchester Christmas Cracker

7th-7th December 2017

Venue: Dorchester

Address: DT1 1BE

Website: www.dorchesterchamber.co.uk

Featuring a craft fair with an authentic Christmas market atmosphere. With a Christmas lights switch on and lantern display.

Theatre & cinema

Cinderella

8th December-6th January 2018

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Cinderella is going to meet the Prince at the Royal Ball but her cruel Ugly Sisters prevent her from going. Find out if her Fairy Godmother can get her to the Palace on time. A pantomime full of knockabout...

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Amazing Elves at Fisherman’s Walk

9th-9th December 2017

Time: 11am to 3.30pm

Venue: Southbourne

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 3SQ

The inaugural Amazing Elves event has plenty of entertainment for the whole family including giant elves, arts and crafts, storytelling, music and stalls. Call 01202 291200.

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Christmas Mini Wreaths

9th-9th December 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Follow a self-guided trail, drop in for a hot drink and watch the birds on screen. Plus, make a fantastic mini wreath to hang up at home. Cost: £2 per wreath.

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Meet the Reindeer Weekend

9th-10th December 2017

Venue: Upton Country Park

Address: Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Website: www.uptoncountrypark.com/christmas

Meet the real reindeer who’ve flown from Lapland for the weekend. Listen to all the fun facts and stories they can share with you and have a photo on the sleigh with a wonderful snowy owl as well.

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Russell-Cotes Christmas Fair

9th-10th December 2017

Venue: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Website: www.russellcotes.com

A Christmas Fair with a range of stalls selling festive gifts. Plus, enjoy the festive atmosphere in the house, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. Free entry.

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Sail with Santa Cruise

9th-24th December 2017

Venue: City Cruises Poole

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.citycruisespoole.com

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a boat. Take a leisurely cruise around Poole Harbour. Whilst on board listen to Christmas carols, watch a magic show and receive a Christmas present directly from Santa....

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Santa Specials at Moors Valley Railway

9th-17th December 2017

Venue: Moors Valley Railway

Address: Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Take the train from Lakeside station to visit Santa in his railway grotto at Kingsmere Station. Discover Santa’s log cabin, where Father Christmas has presents for adults and children. Booking advised...

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The Great Pudding Stir

9th-9th December 2017

Venue: The Priest’s House Museum

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HR

Website: www.priest-house.co.uk

Stir a bowl of Mrs Beeton's Christmas pudding mix, make a wish and then taste the finished product. For details ring 01202 882533.

Theatre & cinema

Three Little Pigs

9th-24th December 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Building your own home is not actually very easy, the three little pigs discover. Perfect for ages 2 and beyond, this new show from the Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company is full of puppets, music, comedy...

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Winter Lights

9th-30th December 2017

Time: 4pm to 7pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Also 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 and 27 to 30 December. Take in the festive atmosphere with the contemporary lanterns, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds.

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Tudor Storytelling

10th-31st December 2017

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Also 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 27 to 31 December. Join the Lord of Misrule and walk through the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle, find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and participate...

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

14th-15th December 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts each one more terrifying than the...

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Cool Coast Ice Rink

15th December-17th February 2018

Venue: Bournemouth International Centre

Address: BH2 5BH

Website: www.bic.co.uk

This hugely popular indoor seasonal ice rink returns once again. With the useful Ice Skating penguins, even the youngest novices can have a go in the Kid’s area. Call 01202 055555.

Theatre & Cinema

Christmas Spectacular

16th-24th December 2017

Venue: ​​The Regent Centre

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1AS

Website: www.regentcentre.co.uk

Back at the North Pole, Santa is preparing for another Christmas. As always, the elves will be causing a little chaos, and Benji and Bruce the Polar Bears will be saving the day. With a fabulous musical...

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Beauty and the Beast

17th-17th December 2017

Venue: The Allendale Community Centre

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Website: www.theallendale.org

Enjoy a magical, festive story this Christmas! A young girl named Belle is pursued by the dastardly Prince Anton for her hand in marriage - and yet she longs for something more. Upon discovering the Beast,...

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Santa's Christmas Wish

19th-19th December 2017

Venue: The Allendale Community Centre

Address: Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Website: www.theallendale.org

Christmas is a special time when Santa delivers presents all over the world - but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Dasher the Reindeer has an idea, Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows, or maybe...

Theatre & cinema

The Snowman

19th-19th December 2017

Venue: Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Address: Poole, BH15 1UG

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Join the Snowman and James on their magical journey through the winter sky in this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied by the BSO. For details call 01202 280000

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Christmas Drive-In Movies and Mini Market

21st-23rd December 2017

Venue: Hurnbridge Showfield

Address: Next to Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6AD

Website: www.driveinmovies.co

Roll up, snuggle up and get ready to enjoy one of 8 festive blockbusters from the comfort of your car. With a variety of different movies on show, including Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and Love Actually....

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Winter Solstice

21st-21st December 2017

Time: 7.15am to 9.15am

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins. Includes hot drink and breakfast bap. Booking essential. For tickets and information call 0344...

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Christmas Day Harbour Swim

25th-25th December 2017

Time: 11am

Venue: Weymouth Harbour

Address: Weymouth, DT4 8BG

Watch the daring souls as they take part in the annual swim across the harbour. Organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions, raising funds for charitable causes. Call 0845 833 4745.

Outdoor events

Family Festive Quiz Trail

26th December-1st January 2018

Time: 10.30am to 3pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A fun self-led quiz trail for the whole family running between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. With a spot the difference and other fun activities for children and tricky 2017 trivia for adults. For details...

Indoor activities

New Year’s Eve (Eve) Phaser Night

29th-29th December 2017

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

Enjoy a super evening of phaser tag. Climb aboard the giant space station themed playframe for 6 exciting phaser missions and Digiwall fun! Minimum age 6+. For details call 01202 740500

Outdoor events

New Year’s Lyme Lunge and Duck Race

1st-1st January 2018

Venue: Sand Beach

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

Start the New Year by watching the traditional Grand Duck Race. Then head over to the Sandy Beach from 1pm to watch the brave swimmers take the plunge.

Outdoor events

Discover Arne

3rd-3rd January 2018

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk

Go on a guided Wednesday walk to track down a whole host of wildlife. Price: £3 per person. Call 01929 553360.

Theatre & Cinema

Dick Whittington and His Cat at The Regent Centre

13th-20th January 2018

Venue: The Regent Centre

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1AS

Website: www.regentcentre.co.uk

With hilarious humour, show stopping songs, dazzling dance routines, spectacular sets and costumes – this performance of the classic tale of Dick Whittington and his cat promises to be pure panto gold....

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Poole Harbour Cruise

13th-13th January 2018

Time: 9am to 11.30am

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole Quay, BH15 1HJ

Learn about Poole's wonderful wildlife. A unique opportunity to see one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK. Booking essential. To book call 01202 707744.

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Urban Weekenders

28th-28th January 2018

Time: 10am to 1pm

Venue: Urban Wildlife Centre

Address: Corfe Mullen, BH21 3RX

Get involved with practical conservation tasks on Upton Heath. Families welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information ring 01202 692033.

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